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Continuing to provide a unique brand of accessible high-performance, coupe and convertible models of the 2012 model year Mustang presents excitement through either a V-6 or V-8 engine. With entry-level 2012 Ford Mustang V-6 features a 3.7 liter V-6 engine generating 305 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque. Ford MyKey, air conditioning, Easy Fuel capless fuel filler or 17-inch aluminum wheels is included as standard features on the 2012 Mustang V-6. On the 2012 Ford Mustang GT, the most notable item included is the 412 horsepower, 5.0 liter V-8 engine. Both the Mustang V-6 and GT versions can be fitted with a 6-speed manual or automatic. A Premium level is also available in the 2012 Ford Mustang coupe presents leather seating with power adjustment and machined aluminum wheels. Sold in only a limited number, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca welcomes back the 5.0 liter V-8 engine with a modern interpretation on the famous late 1960s muscle car. Enhanced with 440 horsepower, the 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 models are equipped with special quad exhaust system, larger Brembo brakes and 19-inch black alloy wheels around Pirelli PZero summer tires.

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Last year the Mustang received an all-new engine lineup. For 2012, a new track-oriented Boss 302 model--inspired by the 1970 racing legend--joins the 2012 Mustang lineup, offering a higher-output version of the new V8. The serious racing-oriented model includes adjustable front struts and rear shocks, a quad exhaust and a number of additional upgrades and appearance enhancements. Otherwise, the changes for 2012 are relatively minor. The electric power steering system gets a selectable effort feature throughout the entire Mustang lineup and all Premium models get a universal garage-door opener. Three new option packages are offered: a Recaro Sport Seats and Helical Differential package; a Reverse Sensing System and Security package; and an HID Headlamps and Security package. The new Lava Red interior is offered on V6 and GT Premium models. Lava Red Metallic is the new color throughout the Mustang line for 2012, while Sterling Gray Metallic has been discontinued. Competition Orange is a new color exclusive to the Boss 302.

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Strong acceleration; excellent convertible; good fuel economy in the V6; iconic shape and style; track-ready Boss 302

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Ford's pony car got an all-new, much more powerful engine lineup last year, which complemented the host of improvements, ranging from interior to chassis and refinement that the Mustang had received in the two model years prior. The Mustang remains a very strong performance value, with the power and acceleration of, in some cases, exotics costing much more. Its iconic appearance has been well-maintained, with the interior especially feeling at once both contemporary and nostalgia-inducing. Fuel economy ratings remain impressive, too, EPA ratings of up to 26 mpg for the V8 and 31 for the V6. The Boss 302, Ford says, is the quickest and best-handling regular-production Mustang ever offered.


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